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Exchange of moorings
Fig. 1: Exchange of long-term moorings in Massachusetts Bay.
Mike Bothner reports a successful cruise to Massachusetts Bay (February 10-11) where long-term moorings were exchanged (Fig. 1) and sediment cores were collected. This work is part of the interagency effort to assess environmental effects from Boston's new offshore outfall for treated sewage effluent that will come on line in late summer 1999.

On this cruise, preliminary tests were conducted of a new communications link between working oceanographic instruments on the sea floor in Massachusetts Bay and computers in Woods Hole. The communications project, spearheaded by Brad Butman with funding from the National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP), will confirm that instruments are functioning properly and will provide the data to scientists and the public over the World Wide Web in near real-time. The system is expected to be operational by fall.

Flynn, Hubbell, and Robinson
Fig. 2: From left to right: Brian Flynn, Roger Hubbell, and Alex Robinson.
The smoothly executed cruise benefited from the assistance of three new first-time young scientists, Jessica Cote (Oak Ridge), Brian Flynn (ECO), and Alex Robinson (USGS), as well as our most senior scientist, Roger Hubbell (age 76, Fig. 2), a highly skilled USGS volunteer. The remainder of the jolly science crew included Dann Blackwood, Jon Borden, Brad Butman, Peter Gill, Marinna Martini and Rick Rendigs (USGS); and Lary Ball, Joanne Goudreau, and Keith von der Heydt (WHOI). The work was conducted aboard the buoy tender MARCUS HANNA, which is provided free to this project by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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